Christmas stories and poems to read aloud

I thought I'd let you know about some of the stories and poems I've read recently in my weekly read aloud groups for people who have dementia and memory loss. With Christmas fast approaching, you won't be surprised that there's  been a seasonal flavour to our choice of literature.  Whether or not you're living with … Continue reading Christmas stories and poems to read aloud

On not making assumptions about what people will enjoy reading.

One of the highlights of reading for a living is choosing which poems and stories to bring to my weekly, read aloud, shared reading groups. Whenever and whatever I’m reading at home (or on the move) my weekly groups are in my mind: will they find this story/novel extract/poem interesting? Will it get them talking? … Continue reading On not making assumptions about what people will enjoy reading.

The joy of reading, libraries and driving

New Year is starting to feel much older now and a weekly routine is emerging.  Two things I'm doing more of, so far, in 2014 are driving my car and spending time in public libraries.  There are about 140 miles between my house and the four Wiltshire libraries where I facilitate weekly shared reading groups for … Continue reading The joy of reading, libraries and driving